posted 2012-11-21 20:46:56

Hunter Sports Roundup

A look at what’s happening in Hunter sports    

Christian Davies

Sports Editor

The first round of 2012–13 Hunter sports teams have finished their postseasons while the second round of teams, those that begin their seasons in this semester and continue them into the next, are just getting underway.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening with your Hunter Hawks: The women’s tennis team claimed their 13th consecutive CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery Championship by defeating the College of Staten Island 5-1. The lady Hawks breezed through the CUNYAC tournament, and as the recipients of an automatic Division III bid to the NCAA tournament, will now prepare for the NCAAs in the spring. Junior captain Jane Selegean was named the tournament MVP, and the win marked Hunter’s 20th championship in the 27-year history of the CUNYAC tournament.

In the cross country world, the men’s team won the CUNYAC championship with freshman John Aiken claiming 1st place overall. Aiken was followed by Christian Rojas, Justin Lee, Luka Spionjak, and Manny Grullen. At the NCAA regional championships, during the aftermath of  Hurricane Sandy, the men finished in 37th place overall. Aiken led the way again for the Hawks, finishing 137th out of 297 runners with a personal best of 27:46.
On the women’s side of cross country, senior Lizzy Mahoney continued to lead the lady Hawks with a record-breaking 1st place finish at the CUNYACs. Mahoney is now the all-time CUNYAC Van Cortlandt Park record holder, having crushed the previous record time by more than a minute. However, due to a small team, the Hawks were not able to keep pace in points with Baruch, and had to settle for a second place finish.

At the NCAA regionals, Mahoney again led the women, finishing 104th out of 127 runners overall. She was followed

by teammates Stephie-Anne Duliepre, who finished in 222nd place, Alexander Martinolich, who finished in 257th place, and Daniela Pereira, who finished in 276h place respectively. As a team, the women were not able to be included in the standings because at least five runners have to finish the race in order to hand in a scorecard.

The women’s volleyball team lost a tough match against No. 1 seed Baruch in the CUNYAC tournament championship. It was the second straight year that the Hawks were stopped by the Bearcats in the finals, dropping the match 3-2. After the CUNYACs, the women went on to play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament, where they ran into a tough Rutgers-Camden team in the first round. The Hawks were resilient, and came out looking strong in the first set, however, they saw their fantastic season quickly come to an end, losing the match 3-1. The Hawks finished their season with a 20-13 overall record.
The men’s soccer team saw their season come to an end at the hands of Brooklyn College in the quarterfinals of the CUNYAC tournament. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead against the Hawks in the first half and held on from there on out, closing out the Hawks with the same score. The men’s team had a tough year under first- year coach Brooks Paskett, finishing their season with a 2-14-2 overall record and a 2-4-2 record within the conference.

Seven Hunter teams opened up their seasons in the past few weeks. The men’s basketball team played

their first two games of the season, taking on Manhattanville College and Cazenovia during their opening weekend. The Women’s basketball team opened their season during the same weekend, participating in an early season tournament with Steven’s Tech, Old Westbury, and Bay Path College.
The women’s swimming team dropped a heartbreaker to begin their season, losing 119-116 to the Dolphins of CSI.

The Hawks got impressive performances from Chryzi Goco, Jennifer Dzurita, Niky Wu, and Courtney McAvoy Lee, and will continue their season on November 19th at Queens College.

The wrestling team opened their season as part of the Fall Brawl in Collegeville, PA, impressively putting three wrestlers into the finals. Freshman Jaydon Rice won first place in his division while Hunter’s 197-pound Musa DeReese, who is ranked seventh in the country, finished second in his, losing to second- seeded Daniel Manganaro. Heavyweight Leon Bodden also finished in second place, getting beat out by Gaylen Edmo of USNA. The wrestlers will next travel to Cornell on November 17th.

In the world of fencing, while both the men’s and women’s teams prepared to begin their seasons, senior Wendy Mak was named an Honorable Mention in the Easter Women’s Fencing Conference Woman of the Year awards.